The trip couldn’t have come at a better time. The hubby and I had both been feeling so stressed before we left that we’d constantly find ourselves grinding our teeth or clenching our jaws. As soon as our toes hit the sandy beaches of Maui, the stress floated away and we had a wonderful time.
As you can tell from the photo, Brayden definitely loved Maui, too. I’ve never seen him as consistently happy as he was while we were on vacation. He almost never fussed at all the entire time. He smiled constantly, laughed a ton and just seemed to have a wonderful time no matter what we did.
One of his favorite activities was pool time. This was the first time Brayden had set foot in a pool and he loved it.
We took Brayden down to the water’s edge and dipped his little toes in the ocean.
Brayden also had a great time playing in the sand. We brought the fun sand toys that his Grandparents gave him before the trip (thank you!!) and, after applying a generous amount of sunscreen, plopped Brayden down on the soft, sandy beach.
He had a great time and played for a while and then decided he would see how it feels to roll in the sand. We thought it was adorable until we realized that the sand was sticking to the sunscreen on his face. When we picked him up, he was completely covered in sand. That was the end of sand time for the day.
On a particularly overcast day of the trip, we decided to take a peek at the Maui Ocean Center, the local aquarium. Brayden was captivated by all the big fish and looked at everything in complete amazement. He kept pointing around the room, saying, “Dat. Dat. Dat!”
The ultimate highlight of the trip… Brayden took his first steps!
The hotel had a wonderful, large grassy area that we’d play in every day so Brayden could crawl around and get tired. He had been standing for several weeks and had been scooting along the couch at home. But in Maui he actually took several steps on his own! We were so happy that both my husband and I were there to see his first steps!
Other wonderful memories:
Breakfast time. At home, Brayden usually wakes up at 6am. Maui is 3 hours earlier than California, which means he woke up at 3am every day on our vacation. On the plus side, we got to see the sun rise in Maui every morning. We even found a onesie for Brayden that said, “I eat breakfast at 3am in Maui,” so apparently it’s pretty common since other people are buying the onesie, too! And sunrise in Maui really isn’t too shabby…
Breakfast again… at 7:30am this time. We stayed at the same hotel that my husband and I had stayed at for our honeymoon. While we love the hotel and have wonderful memories, we discovered that it was probably a better fit for honeymooners rather than families. Brayden was the only little one we saw at breakfast and he is pretty loud at meal times. It’s a very happy loud – he’s babbles and giggles and laughs a lot. But we might have killed the mood for some of the couples nearby…
Snorkeling. Chad and I took turns watching Brayden so we could each go snorkeling. We both saw lots of beautiful fish, and Chad even saw a huge turtle (and unfortunately didn’t take any pictures)!
Happy. When we think back about our trip to Maui, we will never forget how incredibly happy we were — and especially how happy our little boy was. Even while we were just playing in our room during the wee morning hours when the rest of the island was sleeping, Brayden couldn’t stop smiling and laughing.
It was a wonderful trip full of wonderful memories! Aloha!